I’s The B’Y

Year Inducted: 2005
Era Inducted To: Pioneer Era
Written In:19th Century
Lyricist(s):Unknown (Traditional)
Composer(s):Unknown (Traditional)

Of unknown authorship and dating from the 19th century, this lively dance song from Newfoundland, full of good humour, reflects the great dependence on the sea by the province’s fishing outposts. It has become a folk classic, transmitted in the songbook, Folk Songs of Canada, by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston, and relying on the transcription by folklorist Kenneth Peacock. Johnston’s version was included in a 1965 publication of the National Museums of Canada. The song was also originally transcribed by businessman Gerald Doyle and published in Old-Time Songs and Poetry of Newfoundland.

Cover Artists Include: Alan Mills, Great Big Sea, Dick Nolan, and Ian Benzie

I’s The B’Y

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